1395 articles tagged "Israel"
Amr Moussa
Camp David Is Finished. Israel Is Silent as Peace Accords Are Trashed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)

All ten presidential contenders in Egypt are plugging an anti-Israel line and promising to annul the peace treaty with Israel – even though the military rulers show no sign of setting dates for presidential and parliamentary elections. Israel remains silent as Cairo tears up the peace treaty piece by ...

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Egypt's tanks stand idle against terrorists
No Egyptian crackdown on Sinai terrorists. Jihad keeps Israel in suspense
DEBKAfile Special Report August 31, 2011, 9:03 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Cairo media's highly colored accounts Monday, Aug. 30 of 1,500 Egyptian commandos and tanks supposedly raiding Jihad Islami and al Qaeda cells in Sinai are pure fiction, debkafile's military sources confirm. Israeli forces along the Gazan and Egyptian borders down to Eilat stand at the highest level of preparedness for a Jihad Islami group which left the Gaza Strip for Sinai on Aug. 24 to strike. The terrorists now hold the initiative thereby sapping the IDF's deterrent strength.

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At home with the Sawarka tribe in Sinai
Egypt hires Sinai Bedouin militias to combat Palestinian, al Qaeda terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2011, 1:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Egyptian army is negotiating deals with 13 Bedouin tribal chiefs for setting up militias to secure their territories in Sinai and the Israeli border region against raiders, terrorists and smugglers. On offer are new weapons, training and monthly paychecks for undertaking this task. The Sawarka and Tiyaha tribal chiefs have accepted. Sinai's Bedouin population of approximately 100,000 might produce a fighting force of 8,000-10,000, debkafile's military sources estimate, but their loyalties tend to be changeable.

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Israel's frontier with Egypt - once a peace border
IDF: Egyptian frontier on peak alert, no longer a border of peace
DEBKAfile Special Report August 24, 2011, 10:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli units on the Egyptian frontier went on peak alert Wednesday night, Aug. 24, following specific intelligence that Palestinian Jihad Islami was set to launch another cross-border attack from Sinai. Earlier Wednesday, Gen. Benny Gantz, Chief of Staff announced that Israel's Defense Forces were no longer treating the Egyptian frontier as a border of peace because of new threats. The new situation was exemplified by the terrorist attacks Palestinian gunmen launched from Egyptian Sinai on Aug. 8 killing eight Israeli civilians and injuring forty.

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Gen. Meir Eshel obtains Gaza ceasefire in Cairo
Netanyahu accepts ceasefire to placate Egypt, leaves Jihad Islami for later
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 22, 2011, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ruled Sunday, Aug. 21, that his first priority is to grant Egypt's military rulers the kudos for brokering a ceasefire in the Gaza missile war  – and deal later with the Palestinian Jihad Islami which fired most of the 100 missiles exploding in Israel from Gaza in the last four days. debkafile: He was wrong: Cairo will come back for more concessions under Muslim Brotherhood pressure; Jihad Islami and its masters, Tehran and Hizballah, remain free to restart missile fire any time.

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Iran's trap for Israel on Eilat Highway
Tehran pulls strings of Gaza missile war through proxy Jihad Islami
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2011, 11:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The role of Iran and Hizballah in manipulating the ongoing Palestinian war on Israel from Gaza is now manifest, debkafile's military sources report. They planned, orchestrated and funded the coordinated attacks on the Eilat Highway Thursday, Aug. 18 and its sequel: volleys of 90 missiles launched day and night from Gaza against a million Israeli civilians. The Netanyahu government hesitates to send the IDF to stop the missiles flying from Gaza lest the same aggressors open another front leading to a regional war.

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Field Marshall Muhammad Tantawi sought revision of Camp David accords
US defuses Egyptian-Israeli crisis: Egypt may post troops in E. Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2011, 12:53 AM (GMT+02:00)

Intense diplomatic efforts by Washington Saturday, Aug. 20, have produced a compromise for resolving the Egyptian-Israeli crisis - moments before their 1979 peace accord was overturned. Cairo agreed not to recall the Egyptian ambassador from Israel, whereas the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak apologized publicly for the deaths of three Egyptian policemen.  debkafile discloses: Israeli also agreed to renegotiate the treaty's Sinai demilitarization clause banning an Egyptian troop presence.

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Israel bus shot up on main highway to Eilat
Israel tenses for Gaza strike after deadly Palestinian terror attack
DEBKAfile Special Report August 18, 2011, 7:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

Thursday, August 18, Israel had its first taste of a sophisticated al Qaeda-style coordinated terrorist attack modeled on the atrocities common in Afghanistan and Iraq. Israel's intelligence services, army (IDF) and police were taken by surprise by the scale and slick organization of the multiple assaults staged near Eilat on the highway running south parallel to the Egyptian border by gunmen of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees and Palestinian organizations linked to al Qaeda. Defense Minister Barak: "Gaza is the source of the terror."

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Bashar Assad uses the Palestinians to promote his crackdown
Assad exploits the Shalit affair to play his Palestinian card
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2011, 1:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

New Israeli concessions to Hamas for the release of the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit have not produced momentum because the kidnapped soldier has become a pawn in the power plays between Cairo, Hamas and Damascus. Khaled Meshaal's trip to Cairo came out of an Egyptian overture to Syria. Bashar Assad took the Palestinian card  to serve his crackdown on the opposition and counter-balance his massacre of Latakia's Palestinians.

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Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz
Israel sets up "September Commands" though no intel on Palestinian disorders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011, 12:56 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel's military, police and Shin Bet security service are drilling extreme scenarios of possible Palestinian disturbances, mass rallies or even terrorist attacks in September – although there is no specific intelligence of a security threat in the offing. The authorities have also set up "September Command Centers" so as not to be caught off guard. The intelligence updates fed them on Palestinian activities contain no signs so far of organized Palestinian preparations for disorders beyond some talk at local Fatah cell level.

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London fires
World in crisis: Markets dive. Mobs burn London
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 9, 2011, 12:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

An air of crisis descended on the world Tuesday, Aug. 9 as markets continued to tumble steeply and in London, large parts of the city  succumbed to uncontrolled violence. Far East stocks leveled out at 3 percent, Europe fell 3.5-5 percent Tuesday after Wall Street slid 5-7 percent Monday. More than $70 billion were wiped out in global trading Monday hours after US President Barack Obama said America will always be a Triple A country. Israel could join world crisis if all protest demands are met.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Israeli Protesters March against Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2011, 1:26 AM (GMT+02:00)

The presence of the many-faceted political campaign strategist Ron Weber behind the spreading Israeli street campaign for "social equality" raises suspicions in Jerusalem that alien hands are stirring the pot to overturn the Netanyahu government.

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Mubarak goes on trial in an iron cage
First day of Mubarak trial ends with plea of not guilty to all charges
DEBKAfile Special Report August 3, 2011, 12:24 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Egyptian people had their first sight of former president Hosni Mubarak, 83, since his overthrow, lying on a stretcher in an iron cage in the Cairo Police Academy courtroom with his sons and six officials, including former interior minister Habib al-Adli. The ex-president pleaded not guilty to the charges against him of killing protesters and corruption, some of which carry the death penalty. Judge Ahmed Rifaat opened the televised session Wednesday Aug. 3 and adjourned it till Aug. 15.

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Hamas' first commando unit set up by Iran
Iran's new Hamas commando brigade in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2011, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

A team of Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) officers has just finished setting up Hamas' first commando unit especially trained to combat any Israel military force entering the Gaza Strip, debkafile's military sources report. The new "Al Qods Brigades" unit of 400 men is to be the first of three. The urban guerrilla tactics imparted to Hamas drew heavily on the experience Al Qods is gaining in Syria, where its experts help President Bashar Assad crack down on protest.

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Al Qaeda rides into Sinai capital, El Arish
Al Qaeda blows up Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline after killing 7 in El Arish raid
DEBKAfile Special Report July 30, 2011, 5:09 PM (GMT+02:00)

The day after their El Arish rampage, Al Qaeda gunmen Saturday, July 30, blasted the al Shulaq terminal of the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline north of the Sinai town, halting supply for the fifth time since February. This time was different. The saboteurs fired rockets at the terminal until it caught fire, the same tactics they used to raid El Arish Friday. Egyptian forces confronted the assailants but could not save the terminal. This was al Qaeda's first attack on a strategic Israeli installation.

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The Tel Aviv protest tent city
Young Israeli "tent city" protesters ape Arab Revolt, go political
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 27, 2011, 1:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The motley group which two weeks ago set up a "tent city"to protest the unavailability of affordable housing has assumed attributes of the Arab uprisings: It enjoys backstage foreign political support - some from certain circles in Washington; it exploits genuine popular grievances for political capital; it wants regime change, namely, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's head - and is building up to achieve this as the UN votes on Palestinian statehood. A new government will then recognize Palestine within 1967 borders.

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Jordan's King Abdullah
US warns Jordan's king: Arab Revolt is on your doorstep
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2011, 10:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Jordan's King Abdullah II was warned in Washington this week to hurry up and introduce political reforms because a revolt against the throne was knocking at his door from neighboring Syria, debkafile's Washington sources report.  US intelligence updates informed him the threat came from the potential spillover of the tumult rocking Syria. If that happened, Israel would have to decide whether to step in to save the Hashemite throne as well as preventing the unrest infecting West Bank Palestinians and Israeli Arabs communities.

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Tayyip Erdogan backtracks on reconciliation with Israel
Erdogan plans provocative Gaza visit next week
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2011, 7:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wants to visit Gaza next Sunday or Monday (24-25 July), debkafile reports. But both Turkish and Egyptian security services fear the visit would give the al Qaeda cells based in the Gaza Strip and Sinai a chance to assassinate him. Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas maintains it would amount to de facto Turkish and Egyptian recognition of the Hamas government. And in Jerusalem, Erdogan would appear to be deliberately hampering efforts to heal its rift with Ankara.

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Miqati cabinet convenes in Beirut
Hizballah rides high in Lebanon, installs member as security chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2011, 1:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

On the fifth anniversary of Israel's second Lebanon war this week, as former IDF generals and military experts hailed its outcome as the winning deterrent keeping the Shiite terrorist Hizballah at bay every since, Hassan Nasrallah quietly completed the organization's takeover of Lebanon's security and intelligence agencies and took delivery of advanced ballistic missiles from Syria. Hizballah is therefore going from strength to strength in Lebanon – contrary to the view current in top Israeli circles.

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Rupert Murdoch as seen in London today
Israel's media tycoons prone to same fate as Murdoch's News of the World
DEBKAfile Special Report July 10, 2011, 2:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

The News of the World hacking scandal hanging over Rupert Murdoch's global empire and British Prime minister David Cameron could conceivably erupt in Israel where tycoons with media holdings also aspire to determine who rules the country. Tabloid methods are just as dodgy in Israel, but the difference lies in the influence the British media have over the voter thanks to their high professional standards which attract huge audiences. Murdoch is already in the UK to stem the damage to his empire.
 

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